PTSD—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines it as “a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.” Currently, 5.2 million people are living with PTSD. Approximately 7.8% of Americans will experience this disorder. Women are twice as likely as men.
For those suffering from PSTD, their symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the occurrence. Examples of traumatic events include serious car accidents, exposure to war zones, and sexual abuse. Only someone who’s had PSTD will tell you they’re not exaggerating or seeking attention. The claim that “it’s all in their head” is redundant—that’s the whole point. Victims of PTSD cannot escape their own thoughts and memories. Mental health often feels like a cage to those suffering.
Hope in Ketamine Infusion
A study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai compared the effects of ketamine versus midazolam on PTSD. Forty-one participants with chronic PTSD were given low dosages of ketamine (0.5 mg/kg) and midazolam (0.045 mg/kg). Ketamine infusion resulted in PSTD symptoms lessening significantly and quickly, compared to midazolam. Ketamine reduced comorbid depressive symptoms, was well tolerated, and had no dissociative symptoms.
A study from Columbia University even found evidence that ketamine given one week in advance could be used to prevent PTSD in citizens entering the military. According to study leader Christine A. Denny, PhD, “…giving a single dose of ketamine in a vaccine-like fashion could have great benefit for people who are highly likely to experience significant stressors…”
If you’ve given up on healing from PTSD, we’re here to provide you hope. Contact Ketamine Infusion Centers and get more information on solutions for your PTSD. Post traumatic stress disorder doesn’t have to trap you. Ketamine can be your key.